UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Post-Soviet Press Group

SSEES's famous Post-Soviet Press Group (PSPG) provides a weekly opportunity to discuss developments in states of the former Soviet Union.

We discuss news from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, the Baltic States, Moldova, the South Caucasian states, and Central Asia, covering a wide range of topics, including politics, the mass media, business, the environment, NGOs, human rights, culture, economics, and religion.

The core activity of the Group involves members presenting and discussing news items during weekly meetings. These meetings are held on Zoom on Wednesdays, 13:00-14:00, in Terms 1 and 2 (excluding Reading Weeks).

Please note that PSPG does not run in Term 3 and we will resume activity in the new academic year 2021-22.

Members are free to pick any story they wish, with no need to notify the Group beforehand. In practice, some members choose an issue to follow throughout the year, making them the “go-to person” in the Group on a particular topic.

When presenting a news item, the Press Group member gives a short summary, before opening up to discussion with other members, who can add details and ask follow-up questions. 

Written summaries of these news reports are then published each week and circulated to members of the Press Group in the Bulletin. Instructions on how to prepare material for inclusion in the Bulletin are available. Sign up to receive the weekly Bulletin. In addition, longer pieces are published on the  Post-Soviet Briefblog, alongside commentary from SSEES academics.

Several guest speakers are invited each year to the Wednesday lunchtime meetings. Past speakers have included Maria Alyokhina (Pussy Riot), Boris Akunin (Russian novelist), Shaun Walker (The Guardian), and Edward Lucas (formerly of The Economist).

Post-Soviet Press Group

Day: Wednesdays (Term 1 & 2, excluding Reading Weeks)
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Venue:  For the 2020/21 academic year, the PSPG will be held online.

No meetings take place in Term 3. PSPG will resume meetings in Term 1 of the 2021/22 academic year. 

Postgraduate students at SSEES who are keen to be more involved with the Press Group are encouraged to become Editorial Assistants (EAs).

EAs have a number of tasks, including: helping to select guest speakers; helping put together the weekly Bulletin; and helping to edit submissions for the Brief

If this is of interest, please get in touch with the Press Group coordinator, Ben Noble (benjamin.noble@ucl.ac.uk).  

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